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Our Community

Community Science represents a network of leading community development practitioners and scientists in the United States and Europe, with offices in Maryland, Italy and Portugal. Our staff members are knowledgeable and experienced in a wide range of methods for supporting and evaluating community initiatives. Our staff has worked with diverse populations, both geographically and culturally, including African Americans, Asian Americans, Latin Americans, Native Americans, and Pacific Islanders in rural and urban environments.

In addition to our staff and a national network of collaborating consultants, we have a core group of senior consultants who are widely recognized for their commitment and comprehensive work in providing research support, technical assistance, training, and grants management support in various substantive areas, including organizational and community capacity building, community organization, health promotion, violence prevention, substance abuse prevention, intergroup relations, cultural diversity and immigrant integration.  We also maintain our professional relations through involvement in several professional associations, including the American Evaluation Association, American Public Health Association, Association for Community Organization and Social Administration, National Community Building Network, and Society for Community Research Action.

Principal Associates

David Chavis, Ph.D., Principal Associate/CEO, is internationally recognized for his work in the implementation, support, and evaluation of community and systems change initiatives, including a distinguished career award from the American Psychological Association and the Outstanding Evaluation of the Year Award (with Kien Lee) from the American Evaluation Association (AEA).  The primary focus of his work has been the relationship between community development and the prevention of poverty, violence, substance abuse, and other social problems, as well as the design and implementation of community capacity building systems. He has led the evaluation of placed-based comprehensive community initiatives concerning substance abuse and community development at the national and local levels for the White House Office for National Drug Control Policy, US Department of Justice, US Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, National Cancer Institute, Annie E. Casey Foundation, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and several other foundations, using methodologies that ranged from cross-case study to quasi experiment. He has also designed, managed, and implemented capacity building systems for community change initiatives. Before founding Community Science, David Chavis was a community organizer, community development corporation executive director, director of large university research and public service center, and tenured university professor. He has been an officer and Board member of AEA and other nonprofit organizations. His current work focuses on the how to integrate innovation into the community change practices in order to have maximum impact at the appropriate scale. RESUME || EMAIL

Kien LeeKien Lee, Ph.D., Principal Associate/Vice President, has expertise in immigrant integration issues, racial equity strategies and programming, health disparities reduction, and development of cross-culturally competent organizations. She is recipient of the Society for Community Research and Action Award for Distinguished Contributions to Practice in Community Psychology, and recipient (with D. Chavis) of the Outstanding Evaluation Award from the American Evaluation Association. She has been a contributor to Maryland's immigrant integration policies, having served on a state-appointed workgroup on immigrants' access to government and Governor Martin O'Malley's Commission to Study the Impact of Immigration on Maryland. She has led the evaluation of initiatives and research studies that address community change due to demographic shifts for foundations, federal agencies, and nonprofits such as the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The Colorado Trust, Connecticut Health Foundation, Dept. of Education Office of Vocational and Adult Education, Dept. of Health & Human Services Office of Minority Health, and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services. Before joining Community Science, Dr. Lee assisted in the coordination and evaluation of initiatives that focused on community and coalition building, including the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention's Community Partnership and Community Coalition Demonstration Grant Projects and the LISC's Community Building Initiative. Her current work focuses on how to build the capacity of community-based organizations to be better consumers of data as well as the measurement of immigrant integration and racial equity. RESUME || EMAIL

Ricardo MillettRicardo Millett, Ph.D., Principal Associate, brings a formidable background to Community Science in providing program evaluation and strategic planning consultant services to foundations and non-profits.    He was formerly President of The Woods Fund in Chicago, where he developed and implemented a strategic grantmaking plan for the foundation that served it well in responding to the needs of Chicago least advantaged.  Prior to the Woods Fund Dr. Millett was Director of Program Evaluation for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.  There, he focused on building greater communication and collaboration between evaluation and program staff to maximize the use of evaluation as an integral part of programming.  Before joining the Kellogg Foundation, Dr. Millett served as senior vice president of planning and resource management for the United Way of Massachusetts Bay in Boston. There, he was responsible for planning, allocation, and distribution of organizational resources to meet the needs of greater Boston. RESUME || EMAIL

Senior Associates

Oscar EspinosaOscar Espinosa, M.A., Senior Associate, has over 15 years of federal project management experience.  His primary area of expertise is program evaluation, including the development, collection, and reporting of performance measures used by Federal agencies to comply with the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) and other federal reporting requirements. Mr. Espinosa has conducted numerous literature reviews to identify metrics that appropriately measure grantee and funding agency performance relative to their mission; designed numerous data collection instruments, including interview and site visit protocols; and developed data collection clearance packages for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). For the last several years, Mr. Espinosa directed the evaluation of the Office of Minority Health's (OMH's) Resource Center (OMH-RC).  He led a review of all OMH-RC's products and other outputs, and based on those products, developed various data collection instruments to conduct an unbiased assessment of the quality and breadth of OMH-RC's services.  He also developed a customer satisfaction questionnaire that was used to query recipients of OMH-RC's information services.  Mr. Espinosa also has served as the lead evaluation technical assistance (TA) provider for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) health IT and patient safety grant portfolios. The TA included planning for and focusing grantees' evaluations and selecting appropriate evaluation designs and measures.  TA provision activities also focused on helping AHRQ to collect common and reliable data across all grantees that allowed the agency to satisfy its GPRA reporting requirements.  For a demonstration project funded by SAMHSA's Center for Substance Abuse and Prevention (CSAP), Mr. Espinosa provided TA to a drug prevention organization that serves a highly diverse recent immigrant population in DC.  For this project, Mr. Espinosa translated and pilot tested CSAP outcome measures instruments and collected survey data through bilingual interviews, questionnaires, and document reviews.  He tested survey instruments and outreach materials, and reviewed focus group protocols for cultural and developmental appropriateness. EMAIL

Amy MinznerAmy Minzner, MSCRP, MA, Senior Associate, is an expert in the areas of community change and workforce development with an emphasis on municipal operations and civic tech. She also has extensive experience and in-depth knowledge about organizational capacity building and program evaluation. She has helped organizations build their evaluation capacity and design and implement monitoring and evaluation systems. She is able to effectively bridge research with practice by leveraging her training as a rural and urban planner and as a researcher and evaluator, for example, in assisting communities to envision, plan, and act collectively to achieve common goals. At Community Science, Minzner is co-building the organization’s practice area related to community development. Over the past 15 years before joining Community Science, she has researched and evaluated complex systems and policy change initiatives using mixed methods and experimental and quasi-experimental designs, including formative evaluations of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities and Innovation Teams initiatives, the pilot evaluation of the White House Council Strong Cities, Strong Communities’ Community Solutions Team strategy, as well as two large randomized studies for the U.S. Department of Labor on transitioning individuals from unemployment insurance to employment, and on the impact of marketing materials on behavior change among employers. Minzner has also worked closely with the U.S. Housing and Urban Development to develop a framework and system for evaluating the department’s technical assistance and training efforts under various funding streams, including Community Compass. Minzner has a Masters degree in Community and Regional Planning and a Masters degree in Public Policy/Economics from the University of Texas at Austin. EMAIL

Michelle RevelsMichelle Revels, Senior Associate has over two decades of experience in research and evaluation design and has applied her skills in formative, process, and outcome research to a range of policy analysis, program evaluation and health communication projects.  As the senior evaluation technical assistance liaison, Ms. Revels  provides evaluation guidance to WKKF program staff to support the use of grantee data to monitor and assess the impact of the foundation’s place-based efforts to improve health, education, family economic security and child well-being in Mississippi and New Orleans.  In this role, Ms. Revels also provides technical guidance and oversight for evaluation capacity building for Kellogg grantees in both places to monitor implementation and improve the success of their intervention strategies. Prior to joining Community Science, Ms. Revels was a Principal and portfolio area lead  for chronic disease and emerging projects in the public health line of business at ICF, a strategic consulting  and management firm. Ms. Revels managed and provided technical guidance to many projects aimed at improving the understanding of health issues disproportionately affecting vulnerable populations and identifying and evaluating policy and programmatic approaches to reduce those disparities. Ms. Revels is skilled in mixed-methods research, including the development, administration and analysis of small and large scale surveys designed for a variety of audiences including general population and healthcare providers.  She also has extensive experience developing logic models; conducting qualitative research using literature reviews, document review, environmental scans, in-depth, interviews, case studies and focus groups, and performing sophisticated qualitative data analysis. Ms. Revels is a skilled trainer in focus group research, qualitative data analysis and program evaluation. She attended Hampshire College and the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. EMAIL

Evelyn Yang, PhDEvelyn Yang, Ph.D., Senior Associate, has over a decade of experience in research and evaluation, with expertise in community-based coalitions and collaboratives, community and systems change, and implementing and evaluating programs using participatory approaches. She directs the evaluations of the Transforming Prince George’s County Communities initiative (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), and the Port Towns Community Health Partnership (Kaiser Permanente), and directs the provision of technical assistance for the Global Libraries initiative (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation). Before joining Community Science, Dr. Yang served as Deputy Director for Evaluation and Research at the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, where her work focused on facilitating partnerships between community coalitions and researchers. Her current work focuses on changing the built environment of communities as a way to promote the health of their residents, and on developing the capacity of community-based organizations to use research and evaluation findings to inform their change strategies. EMAIL

Project Management Office

Kate WilliamsKate Williams, LGSW, PMP, PMO Director, has over 12 years of federal consulting experience with expertise in project and program management, cross-functional staff management, database development, and technical assistance. Before joining Community Science, Williams worked closely with the Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, to support the Child and Family Services Reviews (CFSRs). She directed the daily operations and priorities of the data and technology team, leading the development of, testing and technical support for all CFSR Web-based applications and databases. Williams also managed a nationwide data collection process, conducted analyses and post review cycle evaluations, and led the development of a Data Repository/data visualization website. Williams also brings experience in logistical support, consultant management, training and technical support, and piloting and testing data management systems. She has a diverse background to enrich future work, including mitigating sentences for clients with mental illness, federal child welfare policy, and working on issues of homelessness and disability. Williams has a Master’s degree in Social Work (Management and Community Organization/Clinical Minor) and a B.A. in Human Studies. EMAIL

Managing Associates

Wanda CasillasWanda Casillas, Ph.D., Managing Associate, has extensive experience in monitoring and assessing the impact of healthcare and education strategies and programs using systems and culturally responsive evaluation approaches. Dr. Casillas has directed the design, planning, and implementation of projects dealing with the context surrounding the cognitive development and performance of students of color and other vulnerable students in K-12 as well as higher education institutions. For instance, she led a multi-state outcome evaluation of the National Science Foundation-funded Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate initiative, and designed and implemented evaluations of several 4H programs for the state of New York. Dr. Casillas also has expertise in determining and monitoring organizational and contextual drivers of equitable healthcare – including organizational processes and implementation of programs designed to improve operations and, ultimately, health equity outcomes. When she was at Deloitte Consulting and before she joined Community Science, she led the monitoring and assessment of pilot studies implementing new patient file management systems for the Veterans Health Administration as well as programs designed to improve rural veteran’s access to care. At Community Science, Dr. Casillas oversees the systems-oriented evaluation of Connecticut Health Foundation’s health equity strategy as well as the day-to-day development and implementation of a web-based platform for health organizations committed to assessing and improving their organizational cultural competency. Dr. Casillas earned a Ph.D. from the Department of Human Development at Cornell University (Developmental Psychology) and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship with the University of Michigan in educational program evaluation. She is an active and contributing member of the American Evaluation Association (AEA) and an emerging thought leader in the evaluation field on the practical implementation of culturally responsive principles. Dr. Casillas is an alumnus of AEA’s Graduate Education Diversity Internship (GEDI) and chairs various committees with the organization’s topical interest groups. Her publications include, Making culturally responsive decisions in evaluation practice (2015) and A systems approach to culturally responsive evaluation practice: Culturally responsive uses of the Systems Evaluation Protocol (SEP). EMAIL

Brandon Coffee-BordenBrandon Coffee-Borden, MPP, Managing Associate, has expertise in community and systems change, child and youth development, and racial, economic, and health disparities. He has eight years of experience as a consultant and applied researcher working in program and policy evaluation and organizational capacity building. At Community Science, Mr. Coffee-Borden oversees qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis for the evaluation of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health’s National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities, a systems change initiative that supports strategies to address health disparities in the United States. He also coordinates data collection for the evaluation of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change Legacy phase, a systems change initiative that supported juvenile justice reform. He provides evaluation capacity building services to community based organizations as part of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation’s place-based work in New Orleans, LA and Mississippi. He recently served as project director for a study of local community and school-based youth mentoring programs’ use of evidence-based practices and managed day-to-day data collection, analysis, and reporting activities for the Evaluation of the Youth Justice Leadership Institute, an evaluation of a year-long leadership development program for juvenile justice reform advocates of color. Prior to joining Community Science, Mr. Coffee-Borden worked at Mathematica Policy Research as an evaluator on several federal projects focused on systems change, child development, family support, maternal and child health, education, parent education, youth employment, and foster youth. Mr. Coffee-Borden also worked as an applied researcher and evaluator on local and state family support, health, education, and early childhood programs during his time with Wilder Research, a division of the St. Paul, MN based Amherst H. Wilder Foundation that provides applied research, evaluation, and capacity building services. He serves as Program Co-Chair of the Systems in Evaluation Topical Interest Group of the American Evaluation Association. Mr. Coffee-Borden received his Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Minnesota. EMAIL

Sinead YoungeSinead Younge, PhD, Managing Associate, has expertise in adolescent and young adult health, sense of community, substance use, health disparities among racial/ethnic minorities, economic development, and community change initiatives. She is experienced in collaborative and participatory research and evaluation methods, and with collecting and analyzing both qualitative and quantitative data. Dr. Younge works with the Community Science Health Equity programs, and delivers evaluation capacity building services to community-based non-profits. She is currently working on the evaluations for the Connecticut Health Foundation, the American Legacy Historically Black Colleges and Universities tobacco initiative, and the Youth Violence Resource Center Project Before joining Community Science, Dr. Younge designed and implemented health equity research projects in the southwest region of Atlanta, Georgia and was an associate professor in the department of psychology at Morehouse College. Her current work focuses on health equity programs. EMAIL

Associates

Deryn Dudley, M.A., Associate, has expertise in collective action and social movement participation, community change initiatives, mental health disparities, and education. She is experienced in using both quantitative and qualitative methods in her research. Deryn has experience evaluating community change and collective impact initiatives. At Community Science, Deryn is a member of the evaluation teams for the Office of Minority Health's Youth Health Equity Model of Practice, SAMHSA's National Resource Center for Mental Health Promotion and Substance Abuse Prevention, and other projects. Prior to joining Community Science, Deryn worked as a Senior Research Analyst in the Research and Evaluation Unit at Special Service for Groups, a California non-profit focused on community engagement by providing capacity building and technical assistance services to community-based organizations, hospitals/clinics, and grantmakers. Deryn has published and presented on her work related to collective action, prosocial behaviors, and student engagement. EMAIL

Marcella Hurtado GomezMarcella Hurtado Gomez, Ph.D., Associate, has expertise specifically in the design and evaluation of programs that build on family and community strengths to achieve results. She brings extensive knowledge about culturally-appropriate programs and clinical services that can effectively address the social and mental health issues facing immigrant and racial and ethnic minority youth and families. She has implemented and monitored such programs and services for a variety of organizations, including the Florida Institute of Community Studies and the University of Utah, College of Social Work. She was a contributor to Undocumented Immigrants in the United States Today: An Encyclopedia of Their Experience, published by ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Press. Dr. Hurtado Gomez also is knowledgeable and skilled in building the capacity of nonprofit organizations to use data and evaluation to strengthen their programs; she has facilitated numerous workshops about the basics of evaluation and provided individualized, tailored technical assistance in evaluation-related matters. She has taught research methods for social workers in academic institutions in the United Stated and in India. Before joining Community Science, Dr. Hurtado Gomez worked as the internal program evaluator for the LEADER Consortium — funded by the National Science Foundation — whose goal was to promote the success of women faculty in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math fields across four institutions, including the Air Force Institute of Technology, Central State University, University of Dayton, and Wright State University. At Community Science, Dr. Hurtado Gomez serves as task leader for several studies, including one about the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Disparities Impact Statement policy, and another to assess the training and technical assistance provided by the National Resource Center on Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention managed by the American Institutes of Research for SAMHSA. EMAIL

Senior Analysts

Lindsay BynumLindsay Bynum, Ph.D., Senior Analyst, has extensive research and evaluation experience in community, organizational, and systemic factors that facilitate pro-social behavior, particularly in the contexts of civic engagement and volunteerism. She is adept in qualitative and quantitative research methods, from interviews to hierarchical linear models, and in evaluation techniques, including development of logic models and design of dashboards. Dr. Bynum has honed her knowledge and skills through a variety of professional experiences. At Community Science, Dr. Bynum serves on the research and evaluation teams for initiatives including a study to test a framework for facilitating community data collaboration and an evaluation of a national project to engage emerging professionals in health disparity research and studies, both funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health. She also works on an assessment of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Models for Change initiative’s sustainability and long-term reach and effectiveness. Before joining Community Science, Dr. Bynum worked for the Multiple Opportunities to Reach Excellence Project, where she studied the relationship between children’s anxiety and their exposure to violence. She sharpened her focus on factors that facilitate pro-social behavior when she served as evaluation and data analyst for the Community Schools Initiative through the Chicago Public School District, where she examined the role of the school in building a healthy and positive environment for children and their families. Dr. Bynum is recipient of the Abraham Lincoln Fellowship from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and earned a doctoral degree in community psychology from UIC. EMAIL

Elisa GonzalezElisa M. González, Ph.D., Senior Analyst, has expertise in issues related to the social determinants of health with an emphasis on food and nutrition policies, youth workforce integration, and immigrant rights. She also has extensive knowledge about the history and ethics of public health, particularly in relation to the health and well-being of Latino populations. She is trained in qualitative and quantitative research methods including content analysis, field observation, historical analysis, survey methods, focus group moderation, and life history interviewing. A major study and publication by González concerns the history of milk stations, child nutrition, and public health in Puerto Rico from the 1926 to 1960. Her dissertation on this subject won the Marisa De Castro Benton Award for Outstanding Dissertation in the Sociomedical Sciences in 2016; the research was also supported by grants from the Ford Foundation and the National Science Foundation. At Community Science, she is a member of the evaluation team for the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities, and a study to pilot-test a framework on community data collaboration, both funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health. Prior to joining Community Science, she coordinated the Disconnected Youth Project at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, City University of New York, where she helped design and implement research activities to support interventions promoting the educational advancement and workforce integration of Puerto Rican and Dominican youth. She was also engaged by an organization under contract with the New York Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice to conduct ethnographic research across various New York City neighborhoods to understand how immigrant communities relate to the criminal justice system and to identify gaps in knowledge. González earned her doctoral degree in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University. EMAIL

Jasmine Williams-WashingtonJasmine Williams-Washington, Ph.D.,Senior Analyst, has over six years of experience in community organizing and micro-targeting in political campaigns, as well as on advocacy issues involving education and social equity specifically focusing on issues of race and sexual orientation. Dr. Williams-Washington has extensive experience in organization capacity building and program evaluation. In addition to her experience in the community Dr. Williams-Washington has extensive background in both quantitative and qualitative research. Some of her past work has included Geospatial Assessment of the Impacts of Changing Agricultural Landscape in Louisiana, Historic Preservation and Arts as an Economic Development Tool, and Hispanics in Mississippi: Creating Sense of Place in Urban Spaces and Rural Places, and Moving Forward: Advancing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights under the Obama Administration through Progressive Politics.Before joining Community Science, she served as a community organizer for the Mississippi Center for Justice in their health law division educating Mississippians on the Affordable Care Act and the obstacles facing Mississippians because of the lack of Medicaid Expansion in the state. While completing her doctoral studies she also worked for Councilman Tyrone Hendrix, in the City of Jackson, Mississippi, as a consultant on issues of planning and economic development along with assessing policy issues and current trends that would be relevant to the progression of the city’s development. At Community Science, Dr. Williams-Washington is a member of the core evaluation team for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation where she provides technical assistance to grantees in Mississippi and New Orleans some of her duties include compiling qualitative and quantitative data, organizing, convening, and conducting focus groups, technical groups, and designing technical assistance opportunities that would appeal to variety of participants. Dr. Williams-Washington has a Masters degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Community Development and a Doctorate in Urban and Regional Planning. EMAIL

Analysts

Maria MataMaria F. Mata, MA, Analyst. Maria Fernanda has experience in social science research, program development, public policy, and advocacy, particularly in the areas of community engagement, access to health care and social support, immigration, and social mobility. She is particularly interested in the application of quantitative and qualitative research to improve programs and services that help empower racially and ethnically diverse communities. At Community Science, Maria Fernanda is working on a project to develop a toolkit that community- and faith-based organizations can use to reach and increase health care access for the most vulnerable populations. As part of this project, she is helping to identify strategies to educate communities of color and individuals with limited English proficiency, low literacy, or low health insurance literacy about the importance of obtaining health insurance coverage as well as the benefits of accessing preventive health care. Prior to joining Community Science, Maria Fernanda served as Programs Research Associate for the National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA), where she led program and policy research on key issues impacting Hispanic communities, including health, retirement security, and access to social programs. She worked on the design, launch, and implementation of the online Medicare Fraud Prevention Curriculum to support Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) staff members, and also helped develop a counseling manual to train State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) staff, on how to work with Hispanic beneficiaries in a culturally and linguistically appropriate way. This was a pioneering project funded by the Administration of Community Living (ACL) that led to the increased capacity of SMP and SHIP staff nationwide to implement successful outreach and education efforts for low-English proficiency communities. She also coordinated the implementation and analysis of a survey of over 1,600 Latinos to assess their community engagement and access to social programs. This survey provided the data for a report and presentation on the status of Latino elders, which was presented at the 2015 White House Conference on Aging — the only source of information about Latino elders at the conference. Maria Fernanda obtained her B.A. in Sociology with honors from the Universidad Central de Venezuela and her M.A in International Affairs from Washington University in St. Louis. EMAIL

Daniel PaganDaniel Pagán, MA, MPH, is an Analyst at Community Science. He assists with data collection and analysis, literature reviews, and report writing for several projects, including: the Office of Minority Health's (OMH) Community Data-Sharing Initiative, and national evaluation of the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Disparity Impact Statements project, and the Truth Foundation's Smoke-Free Campus Campaign. Prior to working at Community Science, Daniel spent time working for two county departments of public health as a Randal Lewis Health Policy Fellow. As a fellow, he developed a policy brief describing the county's initiatives to reduce adolescent obesity, relating their successes to established theoretical concepts allowing for a deeper understanding of their programs. He has extensive experience working in health promotion on a wide range of topics including; adolescent obesity, tobacco use and marketing, and utilizing data and theory for program development. Additionally, Daniel has worked as an evaluation consultant on several projects related to healthy eating and active living in the community. He has experience with program evaluation, qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis, survey instrument development and fielding, data management, Arc GIS, and report writing. EMAIL

Sofia Sabirova, M.S.Sofia Sabirova, M.S., Analyst, has focused on assessing the impact of social and economic factors on health disparities, and the influence of legal and social factors on incarceration rates in federal and state prisons, during her professional career. At Community Science, she works on various projects, including an assessment of the National Resource Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention (NRC) and an evaluation of the Youth Justice Leadership Institute, a project of the National Juvenile Justice Network. Also, as a team member for the review and analysis of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Disparity Impact Statements (DIS), she is responsible for coding the DISs and generating reports that inform the agency’s implementation of its behavioral health disparities strategy. Additionally, she serves on the Community Science Survey Team and is responsible for the design and quality of both print and web-based surveys for selected projects. Sofia is skilled in both quantitative and qualitative methods, with particular proficiency in statistical modelling, R programming, relational database management system MySQL, and supervised and unsupervised machine learning algorithms. Prior to joining Community Science, Sofia worked at several research centers and laboratories in the U.S. and Russia to address social inequities among diverse cultural groups; these include the Center for Race and Social Policy Research where she worked on an evaluation to examine the criminal justice experiences of African American males and the Institute for Policy and Governance where she assessed the distribution of education, economic, and transition resources provided for veterans in Virginia. EMAIL

Ryan SchooleyRyan Schooley, M.Ed., Analyst, has experience researching community engagement and community development issues, and working with community organizing coalitions and interventions to increase educational and social development. At Community Science, he assists with literature reviews, quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, and report writing for multiple projects related to community engagement, behavioral health, health equity, and sense of community. He serves on the following evaluation teams: a project funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to identify, categorize, and summarize outcome measures for community engagement generally and specifically through a racial equity lens; the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities, led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health; and the National Resource Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention’s technical assistance, training, and other capacity building support, provided to grantees of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Project LAUNCH and Safe Schools/Healthy Students programs. Prior to working at Community Science, Mr. Schooley helped implement a survey designed to understand predictors of engagement in faith-based community organizing coalitions, worked on Nashville Organized for Action and Hope’s campaign concerning affordable housing, assisted in a public humanities project that sought to reclaim obscure parts of Nashville’s history, and evaluated Metro Nashville Public Schools’ educational intervention with young students. Mr. Schooley earned his master’s degree in community development and action from Vanderbilt University. EMAIL

Research Assistant

Nour ElshabassiNour Elshabassi, B.S., Research Assistant, has experience in data collection and analysis for community engagement projects. At Community Science, she assists with data entry, analysis, and summary of descriptive statistics on research and evaluation projects related to health equity and community development. Before joining Community Science, Ms. Elshabassi provided research support to a longitudinal study on community engagement for social change at George Mason University, where she wrote literature reviews, coordinated data collection, and helped collect data. She also worked as case manager for America Works of Washington, DC, assisting participants in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program with employment goals. Ms. Elshabassi received her bachelor of science from George Mason University. EMAIL

Principal Consultants

Paul Florin, Ph.D., Principal Consultant for Community Science is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Rhode Island and an Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at Brown University. For the past twenty-five years, he has been the director of the Community Research and Services Team (CRST) of the Department of Psychology of the University of Rhode Island. The CRST has, partnering with other community and state level organizations, procured over 37 million dollars in federal and foundation funding, 85% of which has been distributed directly to Rhode Island communities. Several five-year projects have been broad collaborative initiatives, involving the CRST, twenty to thirty-five Rhode Island communities and multiple state agencies. These collaborations have produced impacts such as Rhode Island becoming the seventh state in the nation to go "smoke free" with following declines in smoking prevalence and uptake and, more recently, significant state-wide declines (beyond secular trends) in underage drinking. The CRST publishes its evaluation studies, focused on training and technical assistance systems which build the capacity of communities and governmental units to plan, implement and evaluate prevention and health promotion interventions. Dr. Florin has also been a consultant around the design of community based prevention programs and training and technical assistance systems to national and international organizations including the National Cancer Institute, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, American Legacy Foundation, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, the Ministry of Health for the Providence of Ontario, Canada and the Center for Maori Studies, University of Waikato, New Zealand. EMAIL

Italia Network Office

Martini Associati, located in Lucca, Italia. WEBSITE || EMAIL

Portugal Network Office

Associação Portuguesa para o Estudo e Desenvolvimento Comunitário, located in Lisbon, Portugal || EMAIL

 

Maryland Main Office

Principal Associates:
    David Chavis
    Kien Lee
    Ricardo Millett

Senior Associates:
    Oscar Espinosa
    Amy Minzner
    Michelle Revels
    Evelyn Yang

Project Management Office:
    Kate Williams

Managing Associates:
    Wanda Casillas
    Brandon Coffee-Borden

Associates:
    Deryn Dudley
    Marcella Hurtado     Gomez

Senior Analysts:
    Lindsay Bynum
    Elisa Gonzalez
    Jasmine Williams-
    Washington

Analysts:
    Maria F. Mata
    Daniel Pagán
   
Sofia Sabirova
    Ryan Schooley

Research Assistant:
   
Nour Elshabassi

Principal Consultants:
    Paul Florin

Network Offices

    Italy
    Portugal

 

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